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PH gov’t urged to brace for tourism dip due to virus outbreak

Feb 23, 2020 - 12:20 PM

House Deputy Speaker Johnny Pimentel says the Philippines is expected to lose 1.2 million Chinese visitors due to the novel coronavirus outbreak

FAMED BEACH. Tourists trek White Beach in Boracay Island. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Virus ship crew's families fear for kin as PH evacuation postponed

Feb 22, 2020 - 9:44 PM

While hundreds of travelers have disembarked, more than 1,000 crew remain – including over 400 Filipinos whose return on Sunday has been delayed until Japan clears them to travel

ANXIOUS. Relatives of Filipino crew members stranded on board the coronavirus-stricken Diamond Princess cruise ship, moored off Japan's coast, walk outside a building after meeting with a local employment agency for seafarers in Manila on February 22, 2020. Photo by Basilio H. Sepe/AFP

PH coronavirus watch: Suspected cases per region, as of February 22, 2020

Feb 22, 2020 - 7:01 PM

Based on the Department of Health's monitoring as of February 22, 2020

Nurses from the Ospital ng Parañaque show to members of the media On Wednesday, February 5, some equipment they prepared, including a quarantine tent, as precautionary measures in case a Patient Under Investigation (PUI) of the Novel Coronavirua Acute Respiratory Disease is brought to their facility. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

49 quarantined in New Clark City cleared of COVID-19, sent home

Feb 22, 2020 - 5:40 PM

'We are glad that all our repatriates from China are well and did not exhibit any signs of the COVID-19,' says Health Secretary Francisco Duque III

COVID-19. PNP Chief Archie Gamboa on February 3, 2020, presents to media at Camp Crame its chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosives (CBRNE)-trained personnel to assist in the government's action in repatriating Filipinos from countries which are affected by the 2019 novel coronavirus. Photo by Daren Langit/Rappler

DOH: Repatriation of Filipinos on cruise ship moved to 'early next week’

Feb 22, 2020 - 3:12 PM

The DOH says the rescheduling is needed to allow Japanese health authorities to complete laboratory testing of the Filipino crew members

COUPLE. Passengers look out from their balconies on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, with around 3,600 people quarantined onboard due to fears of the new COVID-19 coronavirus, at the Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama on February 14, 2020. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

52 Filipinos on Japan cruise ship infected with coronavirus will not be repatriated yet

Feb 21, 2020 - 7:19 PM

The Filipinos, both crew and passengers of Diamond Princess, will still remain in Japan

A bus with a driver (L) wearing protective gear departs from the dockside next to the Diamond Princess cruise ship, which has around 3,600 people quarantined onboard due to fears of the new COVID-19 coronavirus, at the Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama port on February 14, 2020. - Japanese authorities were preparing Febraury 14 to move some older passengers who tested negative for the new coronavirus off a quarantined cruise ship and into government-designated lodging. (Photo by CHARLY TRIBALLEAU / AFP)

PH coronavirus watch: Suspected cases per region, as of February 21, 2020

Feb 21, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Based on the Department of Health's monitoring as of February 21, 2020

The Quezon City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (QCDRRMO) demonstrate to first responders how to use the protective gear properly in time coronavirus hit their barangays during a meeting on February 4, 2020. Mayor Joy Belmonte tapped officials from 142 barangays to boost efforts against 2019 nCoV-ARD. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

Filipino repatriates from Wuhan going home after showing no COVID-19 symptoms

Feb 21, 2020 - 4:58 PM

The 10 government personnel who were part of the repatriation team, 6 flight crew members, and 3 ground crew operators will also complete their 14-day quarantine on February 22

QUARANTINE ENDING. DOH Assistant Secretary Maria Rosario Vergeire gives updates on the status of the novel coronavirus in the Philippines on February 21, 2020. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

3 more Filipinos in Japan cruise ship infected with novel coronavirus – DFA

Feb 20, 2020 - 8:47 PM

This brings the total number of Filipino passengers who got infected with the novel coronavirus to 44

ADDITIONAL CASES. People wearing protective suits walk from the Diamond Princess cruise ship at the Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama port on February 10, 2020. File photo by Charly Triballeu/AFP

Around 500 Filipinos on Japan cruise ship to come home on February 23

Feb 20, 2020 - 7:10 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III says even the Filipino crew member of the cruise ship who recovered from the novel coronavirus will still have to undergo a 14-day quarantine in New Clark City

GOING HOME. A passenger (L) disembarks from the Diamond Princess cruise ship after being quarantined due to the novel coronavirus. File photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

PH coronavirus watch: Suspected cases per region, as of February 20, 2020

Feb 20, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Based on the Department of Health's monitoring as of February 20, 2020

Makati conducts temperature checks amid nCoV outbreak. A staff of the Makati Health Department uses an infrared thermometer to measure the temperature of employees and visitors at the entrance of the Makati City Hall Building 1 in the wake of the novel coronavirus (nCoV) outbreak. Apart from the City Hall complex, all of the city’s 26 barangay health centers use the non-contact thermometers as part of the city’s measures against nCoV. The city regularly refills hand sanitizer dispensers in strategic places at City Hall to prevent the spread of the virus. Photo from Makati ICRD

Filipina in Hong Kong tests positive for novel coronavirus

Feb 19, 2020 - 7:05 PM

A 32-year-old domestic worker is Hong Kong's 61st confirmed case of infection, and the city's first Filipino COVID-19 patient

HEALTH WORKERS. Medical workers in Hong Kong are dealing with more than 60 cases of the novel coronavirus. Photo by Anthony Wallace/AFP

PH coronavirus watch: Suspected cases per region, as of February 19, 2020

Feb 19, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Based on the Department of Health's monitoring as of February 19, 2020

A sign of 'No mask, No Entry' is put into the entrance of San Lazaro Hospital in Manila following the confirmation of Department of Health of the first case Novel coronavirus in the country on January 30, 2020. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

First Filipino case of novel coronavirus recovers – DFA

Feb 19, 2020 - 5:16 PM

Another 40 Filipino crew members of a cruise ship docked in Yokohama, Japan, are being treated for COVID-19 in hospitals in Japan

QUARANTINE OVER. The cruise ship Diamond Princess docked in Yokohama, Japan. Photo by Charly Triballeu/AFP

DFA orders immediate repatriation of Filipinos on cruise ship in Japan

Feb 19, 2020 - 1:08 PM

The Department of Health says the returning Filipinos would be subjected to an additional 14-day quarantine upon arrival as a safety precaution

COUPLE. Passengers look out from their balconies on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, with around 3,600 people quarantined onboard due to fears of the new COVID-19 coronavirus, at the Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal in Yokohama on February 14, 2020. Photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

PH coronavirus watch: Suspected cases per region, as of February 18, 2020

Feb 18, 2020 - 7:30 PM

Based on the Department of Health's monitoring as of February 18, 2020

HEALTH PRECAUTIONS. Metro Manila commuters wear face masks as protection from the novel coronavirus on February 3, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

'Safe' to join public gatherings amid COVID-19 threat, says PH gov't

Feb 18, 2020 - 5:50 PM

Several Cabinet officials including Health Secretary Francisco Duque III tell the public that they can join gatherings with large crowds for as long as they observe DOH-recommended precautionary measures against COVID-19

FACE MASKS VS COVID-19. People wearing face mask look for books during the opening ceremony of 'Big Bad Wolf' book sale in Pasay City on February 13, 2020. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

8 more Filipino crew of Japanese cruise ship catch novel coronavirus

Feb 18, 2020 - 5:04 PM

A total of 35 Filipinos working on the ship have caught the virus

QUARANTINED. The Diamond Princess cruise ship quarantined in Yokohama, Japan. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

Stranded OFWs may return to Hong Kong, Macau as gov't partially lifts travel ban

Feb 18, 2020 - 3:57 PM

Some 25,000 Filipinos have been urging the government to let them return to their jobs or homes in China's special administrative regions

STRANDED. Filipino travelers waiting to board their flights at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City. File photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

To ‘cushion’ effects of virus outbreak, DOT wants Duterte to visit tourist spots

Feb 17, 2020 - 10:28 PM

The tourism department plans to bring President Rodrigo Duterte to Boracay, Cebu, and Bohol, as the tourism industry continues to suffer from the coronavirus scare

TRAVELING SOON. President Rodrigo Duterte takes a tour around the facilities of the Sangley Airport in Cavite City during its inauguration on February 15, 2020. File photo by Albert Alcain/Presidential Photo

PH coronavirus watch: Suspected cases per region, as of February 17, 2020

Feb 17, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Based on the Department of Health's monitoring as of February 17, 2020

Police sue Cebu optometrist over Facebook post claiming patient died of coronavirus

Feb 17, 2020 - 5:36 PM

The optometrist is arrested over a Facebook post that erroneously claimed a patient in Cebu died from the novel coronavirus

CORONAVIRUS SCARE. File photo of Filipinos wearing masks amid spread of the novel coronavirus. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

49 quarantined Filipinos in New Clark City show no symptoms so far

Feb 17, 2020 - 5:05 PM

The Department of Health says the Filipinos repatriated from the Chinese province of Hubei are being monitored twice a day in the quarantine facility

STILL QUARANTINED. 30 Filipinos who worked in Hubei, China return to the Philippines on February 9, 2020 and are currently undergoing a 14-day quarantine due to the novel coronavirus scare. File photo from DFA

DOH stays 'vigilant' even with admitted PUIs for coronavirus down to 171

Feb 17, 2020 - 2:45 PM

The Department of Health records a total of 521 persons under investigation for the novel coronavirus, but 350 have already been discharged from health facilities

CORONAVIRUS UPDATES. DOH Assistant Secretary Maria Rosario Vergeire gives updates on the status of the novel coronavirus in the Philippines on February 17, 2020. Photo by Mara Cepeda/Rappler

PH gov't sends care packages to Filipinos quarantined on Japan cruise ship

Feb 17, 2020 - 2:25 PM

DFA Assistant Secretary Eduardo Meñez says the Philippine government would help Filipino passengers if they request to be repatriated

QUARANTINED. Passengers look out from their balconies on the Diamond Princess cruise ship, where around 3,600 passengers are still quarantined due to COVID-19. File photo by Charly Triballeau/AFP

Duterte writes Xi 'letter of solidarity' amid novel coronavirus epidemic

Feb 17, 2020 - 1:50 PM

Chinese Ambassador Huang Xilian thanks Filipinos for sending support to combat the outbreak 'despite their own difficulties'

CHINESE ENVOY. Chinese Ambassador to the Philippines Huang Xilian during Lunar New Year celebrations in Quezon City on January 26, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

Over 25,000 stranded Filipinos hope to return to Hong Kong amid coronavirus crisis

Feb 17, 2020 - 1:28 PM

The stranded Filipinos say they are willing to sign a waiver absolving the Philippine government of any liability if they fall ill upon their return to Hong Kong

Passengers not affected by the flight ban continue to arrive at the NAIA Terminal 1 in Pasay City on February 3, 2020. Photo by Jire Carreon/Rappler

16 more Filipinos infected on Japan cruise ship

Feb 17, 2020 - 8:29 AM

This brings the total number of infected Filipinos onboard to 27

CRUISE. A Japanese Self-Defense Forces Health Corps vehicle enters a cordoned-off area at the Daikoku Pier Cruise Terminal where the quarantined Diamond Princess cruise ship is anchored, in Yokohama on February 7, 2020. Photo by Kazuhiro Nogi/AFP

PH coronavirus watch: Suspected cases per region, as of February 16, 2020

Feb 16, 2020 - 7:35 PM

Based on the Department of Health's monitoring as of February 16, 2020

The Quezon City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office (QCDRRMO) demonstrate to first responders how to use the protective gear properly in time coronavirus hit their barangays during a meeting on February 4, 2020. Mayor Joy Belmonte tapped officials from 142 barangays to boost efforts against 2019 nCoV-ARD. Photo by Darren Langit/Rappler

84 travelers denied entry at Malay border checkpoints

Feb 16, 2020 - 11:39 AM

Meanwhile, 9 persons under investigation for the novel coronavirus in Aklan are discharged from hospital

CHECKPOINT. Photo from MALAY AKLAN PNP

'Smelly blankets, no water': 25 quarantined for coronavirus in Cebu go home

Feb 15, 2020 - 11:37 PM

Because of the complaints, the Cebu provincial government allows them to go home

QUARANTINE. Passengers refused to go under quarantine when they arrived at the Mactan Cebu International Airport on Tuesday. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

PH coronavirus watch: Suspected cases per region, as of February 15, 2020

Feb 15, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Based on the Department of Health's monitoring as of February 15, 2020

The Bureau of Quarantine monitors the thermal scanner of passengers arriving from international flights at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City on January 23, 2020 amid the reports of new strain of Coronavirus from China and spreading to other countries. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Philippines lifts Taiwan travel ban

Feb 14, 2020 - 6:24 PM

(UPDATED) The travel ban, imposed due to the novel coronavirus, is lifted 'effective immediately'

BAN LIFTED. The Bureau of Quarantine monitors on the thermal scanner passengers arriving from international flights at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City on January 23, 2020 amid reports of the novel coronavirus outbreak. File photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

PH coronavirus watch: Suspected cases per region, as of February 14, 2020

Feb 14, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Based on the Department of Health's monitoring as of February 14, 2020

The Bureau of Quarantine monitors the thermal scanner of passengers arriving from international flights at Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay City on January 23, 2020 amid the reports of new strain of Coronavirus from China and spreading to other countries. Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Celebrating Valentine's Day amid coronavirus scare, according to Duque

Feb 14, 2020 - 5:31 PM

Health Secretary Francisco Duque III demonstrates the 'best greeting' on Valentine's Day

HEALTH CHIEF. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III answers questions from the media after the senate public hearing on the Philippine government's preparedness on the outbreak of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus Acute Respiratory Disease on February 4, 2020. Photo by Angie de Silva/Rappler

Premature to say coronavirus crisis ‘stabilizing’ – Duque

Feb 14, 2020 - 3:50 PM

The Department of Health has probed 455 patients in the Philippines for possible 2019 novel coronavirus infection as of February 14

HEALTH CHIEF. Health Secretary Francisco Duque III and World Health Organization Rabindra Abeyasinghe confirm the first case of Novel Coronavirus in the country during press briefing in Manila on January 30, 2020.  Photo by Inoue Jaena/Rappler

Olongapo records first patient under investigation for coronavirus

Feb 14, 2020 - 12:43 PM

Olongapo City's first person under investigation for possible coronavirus infection voluntarily approached health authorities

THERMAL CHECK. File photo of a thermal check at the Senate building. Photo by KD Madrilejos/Rappler

Bello wants travel ban lifted for OFWs returning to Taiwan

Feb 13, 2020 - 7:55 PM

In the meantime, the government will provide financial aid to overseas Filipino workers stranded in the Philippines due to the ban

TRAVEL BAN. Chinese nationals arriving from Guangzhou, China are seen wearing face mask at the arrival area of Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1 in Pasay City. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

441 patients probed for novel coronavirus in PH

Feb 13, 2020 - 7:38 PM

There are no longer reports of patients under investigation refusing to be admitted to hospitals

PREPAREDNESS. Makati conducts temperature checks amid nCoV outbreak. A staff of the Makati Health Department uses an infrared thermometer to measure the temperature of employees and visitors at the entrance of the Makati City Hall Building 1 in the wake of the novel coronavirus (nCoV) outbreak. Photo from Makati ICRD

PH coronavirus watch: Suspected cases per region, as of February 13, 2020

Feb 13, 2020 - 6:00 PM

Based on the Department of Health's monitoring, as of 10 am of February 13, 2020

SAMPLE. A laborant at the State Health Authorities of Baden-Wuerttemberg works on a test sample of a suspected case of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in Stuttgart, sothern Germany on January 29, 2020. Photo by Marijan Murat/AFP

12 persons monitored in Bicol for coronavirus symptoms

Feb 13, 2020 - 4:03 PM

(UPDATED) Before this new batch, there were 5 PUIs, who all eventually tested negative

Trust us, Duterte urges Filipinos amid coronavirus threat

Feb 13, 2020 - 1:45 PM

In a taped message, President Rodrigo Duterte asks the public to cooperate with government efforts to quell the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus

'STAY CALM.' President Rodrigo Duterte delivers a taped message on the 2019 novel coronavirus. RTVM screengrab

Taiwan may cancel visa-free entry for Filipinos due to PH travel ban – MECO

Feb 13, 2020 - 12:44 AM

Malacañang says Taiwan's concerns will be relayed to President Rodrigo Duterte, though it maintains the ban is in place to quell the spread of the 2019 novel coronavirus

VIRUS. Taiwan maintains it should blocked from international bodies such as the World Health Organization after the island confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus. Photo by Chen Chi-chuan/AFP

Coronavirus: 78 Filipino passengers from Taiwan refuse quarantine in Cebu

Feb 12, 2020 - 10:46 PM

The passengers are apparently in transit when the Philippines issues a clarification that Taiwan is among the countries included in the travel ban

QUARANTINE. Passengers refused to go under quarantine when they arrived at the Mactan Cebu International Airport on Tuesday. File photo by Gelo Litonjua/Rappler

Philippines seen to lose P42.9B in tourism revenues due to coronavirus

Feb 12, 2020 - 7:10 PM

P42.9 billion is the projected revenue loss for February to April 2020, according to Tourism Secretary Bernadette Puyat

BAN. The Philippines has since imposed a travel ban, covering China, Hong Kong, Macau, and Taiwan. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

PH coronavirus watch: Suspected cases per region, as of February 12, 2020

Feb 12, 2020 - 6:55 PM

Based on the Department of Health's monitoring as of noon of February 12, 2020

Nurses from the Ospital ng Parañaque show to members of the media On Wednesday, February 5, some equipment they prepared, including a quarantine tent, as precautionary measures in case a Patient Under Investigation (PUI) of the Novel Coronavirua Acute Respiratory Disease is brought to their facility. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Infant, mother among 9 observed for coronavirus in Cordillera

Feb 12, 2020 - 4:24 PM

Amelia Pangilinan, acting regional director of the Department of Health-Cordillera, says these persons voluntarily brought themselves in to be observed

DOH probes 408 patients for novel coronavirus in PH

Feb 12, 2020 - 3:25 PM

(UPDATED) There is still no recorded local transmission of the novel coronavirus in the Philippines, but the government says it is prepared for that eventuality

PREPARATION. Nurses from the Ospital ng Parañaque show to members of the media On Wednesday, February 5, some equipment they prepared, including a quarantine tent, as precautionary measures in case a patient under investigation (PUI) of the novel coronavirus is brought to their facility. Photo by Ben Nabong/Rappler

Taiwan expresses 'grave concern' over inclusion in PH travel ban

Feb 12, 2020 - 2:25 PM

'We urge the Philippine government to immediately correct its decision on Taiwan,' says the Taipei Economic and Cultural Office

NOT CHINA. People wearing protective face masks walk past a cat-shaped lantern during the lunar lanterns festival following the Lunar New Year in Taipei on February 8, 2020. Photo by Sam Yeh/AFP

[ANALYSIS] Time to prepare for possibility of wider coronavirus transmission in PH

Feb 12, 2020 - 1:44 PM

'I understand why people are worried, as this is a new disease and there is much we still don’t know. The best thing we can do is to be prepared.'